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3Quietmen is a young Italian trio that draws inspiration from composer Bela Bartok's Mikrokosmos, a prominent work consisting of 153 piano pieces. Fellow countryman and revered modern jazz pianist Stefano Battaglia joins the band for these pieces that waver between jazz and groove-based abstractions, shaded with electronics. It's a polytonal feast for the ears, as the musicians execute circular mini-motifs and cunning paradigm shifts, punchy ostinatos and brawny group-centric interplay.
Battaglia occasionally calms the waters via airy, jazz-based phrasings and swirling chord progressions, while offering counterpoint to trumpeter Ramon Moro's searing notes. The classical inferences are subliminal and faint, and the artists occasionally skirt the free zone. On "Quietman Hymn," Battaglia and Moro render a supple and memorably melodic theme atop the rhythm section's gentle pulse and accenting tonalities. But they venture towards the progressive-rock idiom during "Dialogue," where distortion-based electronics coalesce with punishing beats, all offset by the pianist's gingerly executed passages for the bridge. It's a changeable, yet continually dynamic program.
The foursome generates some high heat on "Buzzing," featuring Battaglia's cascading and harmonious voicings and the altogether perplexing storyline, marked by tumultuous flows. Hence, the plot thickens but the musicians collectively sustain a signature methodology that keenly bridges the gap between a modicum of genres and stylizations. More importantly, they aim to entertain: mission accomplished.
Track Listing: Broken; Big Fire; Bulgarian Rhythm; Quietman Hymn; Dialogue; Alateves; Pentatonic Melody; Buzzing; Variations; Adagio.
Personnel: Ramon Moro: trumpet, fluegelhorn, effects; Stefano Battaglia: piano;
Federico Marchesano: double-bass, electric bass, effects; Dario Bruna: drums, percussion.
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me
I was first exposed to jazz as a middle school band student. A college ensemble passed through and put on a concert for the band students (of which I was one). The level of mastery and musicianship blew me away, intimidated, and inspired me. Try as I might, I was never able to achieve a high enough level of competency to perform at the level I was first and subsequently exposed to. Regardless, I was hooked on jazz and remain so to this day.